Texans, TE Dalton Schultz agree to 3-year, $36 million extension

The Houston Texans have a tight end.

Dalton Schultz and the Texans agreed to a three-year, $36 million contract with $23.5 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. That $12 million average annual salary ranks 12th among tight ends and the guaranteed money ranks seventh, according to Over The Cap.

Schultz, who signed a one-year deal with Houston this past offseason, put together a 59-reception, 635-yard season with five touchdowns.

The 27-year-old spent the first five seasons of his career with the Dallas Cowboys. He displayed instant chemistry with quarterback C.J. Stroud and turned into a reliable target for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

When he signed in the 2023 offseason, the hope was that Schultz would serve as a veteran tight end to help guide whichever rookie quarterback Houston selected and serve as a safety blanket. Now, with one year of working together under their belt, that connection will continue into the 2024 offseason.

Schultz gets another year in offensive coordinator Bobby Slowik’s system, one he looked solid in during the 2023 season. He’ll rejoin fellow tight end Brevin Jordan as well as wide receivers Nico Collins and Tank Dell. Schultz should also be responsible for trying to help Houston insulate and fortify a run game that struggled this past season.

This is a team with Super Bowl aspirations in 2024, and now they retained one of their key pieces from this past season in the hopes of building toward that.

Story originally appeared on Texans Wire